I’d be sad that my month was over… May really was a month of EXTREME! Super big highs, lots of new stuff, plenty of amazing, but some big challenges and disappointments too. Ah, the roller coaster of life. Just gotta grab on and embrace it all!!

Oh, but June. June you’re going to be so chill and lovely and creatively inspiring and full of positive energy. I can just feel it! I mean, we’ve got Camp Scrap starting up (YAY!), and also in exciting news Gossamer Blue has asked me to be their guest designer this month! YES. I know I’m SO very honored and thrilled to play along. I will have a LOT more to share with their kits… this is just the beginning…

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I strongly recommend the lush kits over at Gossamer Blue – Lori is such an awesome lady and semi-local so I’m hoping to lure her out to a meet-up sometime!! But seriously – be sure to check out the blog for more information and you can see all the kits at www.gossamerblue.com

I have some video tutorials + more projects in the works with them. I’ve had a request for a mixed media + kit type project so I’m working on that now. Got a request? let me know!

Oh and hey Camp Scrap participants – you’ll be seeing me + the March Gossamer Blue kit in week #1 of class! I’m actually going to go back and look at that handout now and borrow from myself for some projects to share here!

Have a GREAT weekend!! This is day 3 of 4 for my girls, and with the last day of school nearing… well lets just say the energy level is off the CHARTS!! Here’s hoping for a bit of crafty time…

JBS April project kit & more!

I will be doing another Jenni Bowlin post here in about a week with projects, ideas, etc, but honestly April 1?! How did this happen?? I lost a few days there – got ‘lucky’ and was hit with another nasty cold it seems. Anyhow!

1. Winner of Ruby Rock-It prize: Cathy P

2. Simon Says Stamp and show: an anything goes challenge!! [I will post my entry later this week]

3. I’ve designed the project kit this month at www.jbsmercantile.com – and it is a fun one!!

A look at the kit contents:

If interested, you can purchase the kit solo, or you can get a subscription. I love that you can get it either way and no commitments necessary.


I was inspired by afternoon tea, but of course with these products in the kit you could do any number of subjects!! I personally think it’d make a great brag book as a Mother’s Day present – but the options are endless! SO much brand new fun stuff and personal favorites. It was such an honor and joy to design the kit and project!



To make my book I had so much fun just playing with each page, adding in ink or paint as needed, but just playing with all those bits and pieces in the kit. I love the texture the doilies and trims add to this – I can’t thank my friends at JBS Mercantile for thinking of me and asking me to make a project kit for them! Seriously so much fun!!

If you’ve got questions I am happy to answer via comment or email. Otherwise I’ll leave you to happy crafting – while I go try some stronger cold meds and hope I feel better soon!

March guest:

Cocoa Daisy has been on my radar a very long time, and Tricia does all kinds of super cool things with her kits. So imagine my delight when she e-mailed me and asked if I’d like to be her March guest!

Above you can see my starbucks cup holder turned gift card/note holder. You can see all my projects here at Cocoa Daisy.

I did quite a bit of hybrid with my photos in my layouts. This one is de-saturated 90% + printed with a white rounded corner frame. I also “poofed” the trim at the bottom just cuz I wanted to and I love what that did. I’ll be doing that more for sure. If you’re in my hybrid class we do photos in week #2 and frames/masks week #3 – so hang on!!

This little rosette is a work in progress. I’m working on a tutorial for them (FAST!) so stay tuned here for that. I just loved doing a little canvas that I can hang up. Not the most awesome pic – but that is OK! It totally captured the moment.

Now, when I thought this card up I was really excited. I saw the “sewing machine” and I have a “clover” punch. Sew + Lucky. Get it? I’m a nerd, I know but I never ever make cards or have ideas so I was super pumped.

www.cocoadaisy.com kits should be going on sale March 1 I believe – in the meantime enjoy my projects!! Thanks to Cocoa Daisy + Tricia for having me!

Scarlet Lime: January 2010

It’s time to share my January Scarlet Lime layouts! First, the project kit layouts…

I just *love* the combo of stuff in this kit. I have been doing some ‘the last 10 years’ thinking and when I came across this photo from 2000 I knew I had to scrap it. It’s hard to see – but I used the heart stamp with versamark ink all over the background for a subtle pattern.

For this next one I printed on Claudine Hellmuth’s sticky back canvas paper. LOVE that stuff!

The chipboard was a bit bright pink – so I just sanded it! Quick, easy, and changes the look totally. Love that.

Now the main kit layouts-

They wanted to hold it for me to take a photo. Love when they get into the crafting act!

They’re so hilarious. “and put your hands up. We’re single ladies. We put our hands up” and the dancing, oh the dancing. Thanks for the inspiration Beyonce. These photos are actually the teacups at Disneyland – but I think you can use photos however you need so long as it works for the story. I couldn’t pass up that “hands up” shot of them, and I went pretty stitch and embellishment crazy on this page. So.much.fun.

A few days ago I posted a how-to on printing a title in reverse to cut out. Here’s the finished page. (E waiting for the monorail at Disneyland)

I figured I’d help clean up my after Christmas mess and use bubble wrap to make a fun painted background on this one. Just rub paint all over and then ‘stamp’ onto  the cardstock.

To speed up drying I used a heat (embossing) gun. This caused the wet paint to bubble & pop – which I thought made a cool effect so I did it more.

Well that’s my layouts – to see all the other designers hop on over to www.scarletlime.com to check them out. Amazing work from the team.